SPORTS BRIEF: Both Marywood basketball teams cruise past struggling Clarks Summit University


Photo courtesy of Marywood Athletics. Description: Sophomore guard Tip Swartz scores 19 points in 21-point victory over Clarks Summit University.

John Ferraro , Sports Editor

Marywood University: 83 Clarks Summit University: 31
The women’s team came close to making history in the first game of the doubleheader. Their 52-point margin of victory was the fourth largest in program history, according to

Marywood fell behind early to the winless Defenders, but quickly bounced back. After the visitors jumped out to a 5-0 lead, the Pacers went on a 13-4 run to end the first quarter.

The game quickly turned into a rout as Marywood outscored Clarks Summit 28-4 in the second. After halftime, the Defenders finally reached double digits in a single quarter posting 11 points in the third.
However, the Pacers snatched back the momentum in the fourth closing the game with a 22-7 advantage in the final frame.

The Defenders only had one bright spot on the night as guard Torri Erdman tallied for 21 of the team’s 31 points.

The Pacers saw four players in double digits. Junior guard Catie Nealon scored a career-high 19 points, junior guard Lisa Steakin had 16 and both freshman guard Erika Thomas and freshman center Jordan Barth finished with 12.

Marywood looks to extend its winning streak to 10 games as the team travels to Cairn University this Saturday at 1 p.m.

Marywood University: 70 Clarks Summit University: 49
The men’s team snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive win over the one-win Defenders in the nightcap.

With big performances from both sophomore guard Tip Swartz and sophomore forward Jeremy Ringland, the Pacers were able to control most of the game.

The Pacers quickly jumped out to a 7-0 advantage before Clarks Summit answered with an eight-point run of their own.

Swartz scored eight points in less than a two minute span which allowed Marywood to get the momentum back to pull away late in the first half.

The Pacers took a 14-point lead into the second half and closed out strong. The Defenders never got within 10 points the rest of the game.

Swartz led all scorers with 19 while Ringland posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Connor Shroyer had an impressive night as well with 13 points and five blocks.

The Pacers’ next game is scheduled for this Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cairn University.

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